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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion with new features

Apple on Thursday rolled out a trio of updates for its pro-level video editing suite, bumping versions of Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion with feature additions and numerous bug fixes.




Flagship non-linear editor Final Cut Pro X reached version 10.2.3 with today's update, bringing both user-facing interface changes and extended backend processing support for newly released file types and equipment. For example, a 4K export preset has been introduced to create video files for Apple's own devices.

Sharing options have also been expanded to support multiple YouTube accounts and Share window assets for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and the fourth-generation Apple TV. Users can now import Canon XF-AVC data from that company's C300 Mark II camera.

Other enhancements and bug fixes include:

  • Customizable Default Effect lets you choose both a video and audio effect that is assigned to a keyboard shortcut
  • Improves speed when opening libraries on a SAN
  • Resolves an issue that could affect the timecode display in the Dashboard on OS X El Capitan
  • Resolves an issue in which a disabled video effect could appear as Missing Effect when opening the project or when sharing to Compressor
  • Addresses an issue in which black frames could appear in imported iPhone video clips that were trimmed on iPhone
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the playhead to jump ahead when editing short titles
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the timeline to stop playback when switching views in the Browser
  • Fixes an issue in which points on a Bezier shape could incorrectly switch from Linear to Smooth
  • Fixes an issue in which some objects within Motion templates render with soft edges

The last major Final Cut Pro X update came almost a year ago in April 2015, when Apple introduced easy-to-use 3D titles, support for contemporary and various UI upgrades.

Final Cut Pro X version 10.2.3 is a free 2.83GB update for current users, while new customers can purchase the software for $299.99 from the Mac App Store.




Motion, Apple's Final Cut Pro X graphics and animation companion app, also added support for the latest in Apple hardware. Version 5.2.3 mostly contains bug fixes, however, including stability improvements for Photoshop file handling and iTunes and photo library searches.

Other fixes include:

  • Improves stability when using the Undo command after ungrouping a parent group
  • Correctly saves percentage-based parameters in the Checkerboard generator after closing and reopening a project
  • Correctly saves the preview movie for Motion templates created in German, Japanese, and Chinese
  • Fixes an issue in which points on a Bezier shape could incorrectly switch from Linear to Smooth
  • Fixes an issue in which some objects within Motion templates render with soft edges

Motion version 5.2.3 comes in as a free 2.21GB download for existing users. The app is priced at $49.99.




Finally, file export and management software Compressor also added Apple device-centric 4K export preset capabilities in its Thursday update. The latest iPhone, iPad and Apple TV models were likewise added to the compatibility list.

Version 4.2.2 fixes a closed caption file issue that would pop up when creating iTunes Store Packages, while squashing graphical bugs relating to the navigation window and OS X El Capitan.

Priced at $49.99 from the Mac App Store, existing users can download the 431MB Compressor version 4.2.2 update for free.